There's a scientific reason why your pooch is giving you those puppy dog eyes

Do you ever get the feeling, when your beloved dog looks lovingly into your eyes, that you're being manipulated into giving them an extra doggie treat or scratch behind the ears?

Well, it turns out that's no coincidence.

Scientists have discovered that specific muscles around dogs eyes have evolved to allow our furry friends to make certain expressions that humans find appealing.

The most recent research has been carried out by Professor Anne Burrows at Duquesne University.

We did a study that showed that dogs in dog shelters that made this expression, that 'puppy dog' eye, were adopted more quickly than dogs that didn't.

Prof Anne Burrows, Biological anthropologist - Duquesne University

So we thought let's go look and see what that facial anatomy is and see if it's different from wolves.

Prof Anne Burrows, Biological anthropologist - Duquesne University

Burrows says she found the muscle that enables the expression in ALL of the dogs she tested (except the huskie) but in none of the wolf specimens.

As people selected to breed those dogs who showed even the slightest puppy dog face that muscle must have grown in size and occurred much more regularly.

Prof Anne Burrows, Biological anthropologist - Duquesne University

It's not unlike looking at human infant faces. When a human infant makes that face you go and see what they need.

Prof Anne Burrows, Biological anthropologist - Duquesne University

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : There's a scientific reason why your pooch is giving you those puppy dog eyes


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
'Davos is depressing. SA is barely here! We used to have a dominant position'

'Davos is depressing. SA is barely here! We used to have a dominant position'

South Africa is at risk of becoming irrelevant, warns The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield from the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Australian bushfires are a climate catastrophe, warns Sydney professor

Australian bushfires are a climate catastrophe, warns Sydney professor

As bushfires continue to rage across Australia, a professor at the University of Sydney has called on the government to act.

Booze-free pop-up bar shaking things up for the sober curious

Booze-free pop-up bar shaking things up for the sober curious

The global movement towards moderate and mindful drinking has spawned a growing market of alcohol-free drinks - and now, a bar.

Dog or cat owner? This academic researcher wants to collect your pet's fleas

Dog or cat owner? This academic researcher wants to collect your pet's fleas

Post Doctoral Researcher, Dr Luther van der Mescht,is in search of fleas for a study on the species found on SA dogs and cats.

Bob Martin’s new adverts celebrate how good pets are for humans

Bob Martin’s new adverts celebrate how good pets are for humans

Bruce Whitfield asks branding and advertising expert Andy Rice to critique the week’s advertising “heroes” and “zeroes”.

The Big Pet Problem: Are you struggling to rent because you have pets?

The Big Pet Problem: Are you struggling to rent because you have pets?

Frustrated tenants say they're being discriminated against by landlords.

Popular articles
SAA to provide repatriation charter flights to various countries

SAA to provide repatriation charter flights to various countries

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali says if people don't have a return ticket they must contact their respective embassies.

Mangaung municipality wants remains of COVID-19 victims declared biohazards

Mangaung municipality wants remains of COVID-19 victims declared biohazards

The metro's communication general manager, Qondile Khedama, says families will be advised on how to handle the bodies.

Lockdown and our mental health: One week in – what have we learned?

Lockdown and our mental health: One week in – what have we learned?

Cindy Poluta's expert panel recount their experiences and share advice on how to navigate mental wellbeing at this time..

Tips on how to assist domestic abuse victims during COVID-19 pandemic

Tips on how to assist domestic abuse victims during COVID-19 pandemic

BBC gender and identity correspondent Megha Mohan highlights different measures aimed at helping those in need during this time.

[LISTEN] ATM pharmacies dispense chronic meds for chronic patients

[LISTEN] ATM pharmacies dispense chronic meds for chronic patients

The ATM's are available in parts of Johannesburg and the Mangaung district.

Law enforcement must be hard on taxis and make sure they comply - Mbalula

Law enforcement must be hard on taxis and make sure they comply - Mbalula

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula explains why he changed the regulations to 70% loading capacity for minibuses.

[WATCH] April Fools joke frightening rubbish collectors goes viral

[WATCH] April Fools joke frightening rubbish collectors goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] Hello from the inside, dad singing an Adele parody goes viral

[WATCH] Hello from the inside, dad singing an Adele parody goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

'Public should only test for COVID-19 with approved labs and not self test'

'Public should only test for COVID-19 with approved labs and not self test'

WHO Solidarity Trial South African arm's professor Helen Rees gives an assessment on how the country is dealing with the virus.

Beitbridge Border Post repairs almost complete - Minister Patricia de Lille

Beitbridge Border Post repairs almost complete - Minister Patricia de Lille

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure minister says the contractor has fixed 80% of the fence.